An unchartered student group at the University of New Mexico created a stir on campus Thursday with what it called an “affirmative action” bake sale that charged different prices based on a customer’s race — following the lead of conservative groups at other schools around the country.
Turning Point USA organized the event, according to social media reports from Celia Raney, news editor of The Daily Lobo. Raney Tweeted photos of the group’s display, including a handwritten poster board menu that showed “Asians” would pay $1.50, “Caucasians” would pay $1 and “African-Americans/Hispanics” would be charged 50 cents.
The setup attracted a small crowd, including protesters who yelled things like “Go home racists” as the group packed up and walked away, Raney’s video footage shows.
A message sent through the Facebook page of Turning Point USA’s UNM chapter was not immediately returned Thursday.
A UNM spokeswoman said organizers did not seek approval for their bake sale and that Turning Point USA is not an official student organization at UNM — at least not yet. Spokeswoman Cinnamon Blair said it’s in the process of getting chartered.
The UNM chapter’s Facebook page uses a profile image that reads “Socialism Sucks” and has 26 followers.
Affirmative action bake sales are not a new phenomenon.
Similar events have been held as far back as the early aughts, including the Bruin Republicans’ 2003 event at University of California Los Angeles. A similar bake sale at the University of Texas at Austin – which has won legal battles over its practice of considering race in some student admissions – last year attracted national media attention.